Getting Your Used Car Road-Ready


If you have recently purchased a fix-it-upper vehicle, you will enjoy spending the time making it ready to hit the road. You will want to take the time to check every detail when restoring your vehicle to give it the care needed to be safe when it is on the road. This may take a while depending on what the repairs are that will need to be made. Here are some guidelines that you can follow when getting an older vehicle fixed up to be able to be driven with everyday use.

Make A List

Shortly after purchasing your used vehicle, make a list of the things that you will need to repair in order for it to pass a vehicle inspection. You may want to bring the vehicle to your local mechanic to have a check-up. They will be able to tell you what things will need to be done to have your vehicle be safe and roadworthy.

List all the parts that you will need to be able to make these repairs. Some of them can be obtained by going to a junkyard or looking online for used car parts if you do not want to pay full price for new parts. Some vehicles will not even make parts if the vehicle is old or a model that did not have a lot of vehicles on the road. You will definitely need to find used auto parts for these vehicles.

Gain Knowledge

Get a vehicle manual for the make and model vehicle that you are trying to fix. You will be able to study the diagrams of the mechanisms that belong to your specific car, familiarizing yourself with how the vehicle operates.

Join a few car restoration sites on the internet. There are social networks and forums available where you can ask questions of other car enthusiasts to find out more information about how to repair certain items on your vehicle. This is a great place to gain knowledge and you may be able to find some used car parts through these sites, as well.

A Little At A Time

Do not rush the repair job. You will want to make sure you are doing things properly rather than doing things quickly. Take your time when working on each part that you are replacing or repairing and double-check your work after you have installed it to make sure it seems to be working properly. When you finally fix your vehicle completely, you will have something that you can be proud of.


7 January 2015

About Greg Chapman

When I was little, I'd watch old movies with my grandfather. One of my favorite scenes was when Steve McQueen tried to jump that big fence on his motorcycle in "The Great Escape." After I saw that, I just wanted a motorcycle. I was obsessed with them! My grandpa knew that, and he helped me build one for myself. He took me shopping for all the parts, taught me about the mechanics of it all, and walked me through all the building and repairs. Since then, my love has expanded to all things that run with a motor, including cars. Even though I'm not a professional, I'm quite skilled, and that has proven handy when it comes to my own repairs and the simple enjoyment of riding my bikes. Check out my blog!